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8 E. 18th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
By hgray01 on 5/16/2007
i never write reviews, but when i saw the negative reviews here, i just had to add my two cents. I'm not even a huge fan of Indian food, but this restaurant is really just lovely. My work colleagues and I have been on numerous occassions for business and we've tried and shared tons of dishes, sat in all the various areas of the restaurant, and I've never had a bad experience. The food is excellent. Even my friends who are real Indian food aficionados crave their food. The decor is lovely. The service good. Dont be detered by the negative comments. It seems as though almost every restaurant on this site has some negative comments. Try it for yourself.
Devi is divine!
By akaurushi on 3/4/2005
We enjoyed a pre-theater dinner at Devi on our wedding anniversary this week and were impressed with all aspects of the restaurant. The vegetarian tasting menu was absolutely fantastic - each dish creative, delicious, and artfully presented. The exotic setting, discreet yet attentive service and, to top it off, fabulous (surprise) anniversary dessert combined to create a great dining experience. We'll be back!
By rajvar on 12/6/2004
It was wonderful. Hats off to the promoters and the chef/chefs.
Creative, Stylish, Unique, Tasteful
By nymetrogal on 11/13/2004
My subject line describes it best. Its a classy place where the food is unique but at the same time amazing. I would definitely go back again!
A WONDERFUL NEW INDIAN
By SJFOODLOVER on 1/2/2005
This restaurant was recommended by friends and we convinced them to go along. We went there on Christmas Eve and had the most wonderful experience. The decor is a bit too ethnic, but, the food, service and innovative presentation is refreshing. We liked it so much that we catered our next party from these and the food was universally appreciated. Kudos to the Chefs and the owner...
By Rainie205 on 11/3/2005
This is the most interesting restaurant i've been to recently, four times to be exact. The flavors and ingredients used put it in its own class among indian restaurants in NY. The lamb chops were outstanding, as well as the =desserts, well everything was perfect, especially the saffron martinis which i tried to duplicate at home but failed miserably. Beautiful place, too.
Fine dining , authentic indian cuisine
By amurugan on 7/5/2005
Food was good . Desserts were the highlight . Difficult to locate the place @ night as there were no signs and the painting in the front door was too dark to read .Recommended for people who are on the lookout for good indian food with fine dining experience
Better Than Tabla
By JMG on 1/31/2008
It is shocking how difficult it is to find good Indian in New York City. I asked an Indian friend of mine (born and raised in India) to recommend to me a couple of places. She told me I had to try Tabla and Devi. After being very disappointed by Tabla just last week, Devi was my last hope. I was pleasantly surprised, and very happy with my meal. My date and I split our appetizers-- Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and some very nice mushroom brioche toasts (both delicious), and we both had the Masala Fried Quail for dinner. Although the potato salad and coleslaw type sides which accompanied the quail (a clever play on the traditional fried chicken meal) were a bit over-spiced for my taste, the quail was delicious. The only trick was that we had to eat it with our hands-- which felt rather uncomfortable given the nicely decorated space we were dining in. (Seats on the upper level of the restaurant yield a very nice view of the multi-colored lanterns which light the space.)
By Brompton_McGillicudd on 12/7/2004
The portions were ample, no problem there...well executed. Fried okra superb. The waiter was too conversational for my taste, but that shouldn't deter you. Worth comparing to Tamarind, which has a larger menu and more imposing presence. I had the following at lunch: appetizers: kararee bihindi & Sri Lanka prawn bread: kulcha mains: tandoor lamb chop & phool dessert: falooda drinks: hibiscus tea & "Dragon's Eyes" black tea
pretty but pricey
By cabnyc on 4/24/2009
I completely understand the mixed reviews of this restaurant. Really comfortable setting, Lighting was ambient, Service was attentive but not pushy and although I know they were trying hard to provide an evening's experience we seemed to be bothered that they changed our cutlery so many times, in efforts of trying to save the planet ,the thought of all that detergent being used on our utensils felt slightly excessive...small things count right? Cocktails and Beers were very exciting and delicious Our appetizers were spicy and tasty Our entrees came and although they weren't bad they didn't live up to the prices .$27 was a lot to ask for an average chicken curry with a small salad a piece of naan. So I think my over all feeling is that the food fell short of the expense.
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